Schoolchildren in England are to be offered cooking lessons - from baking cakes to making spaghetti bolognese.
School children will be taught how to cook spaghetti bolognese
It forms part of a government scheme to get children to improve both their diet and culinary skills, and will be formally launched on Monday.
Under the plan there will be 24 one- hour classes for 11 to 16-year-olds and once completed children will receive a "licence to cook" certificate.
The courses will not be compulsory, but from 2008 all schools must offer them.
A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills said: "We want to see a resurgence in the art of cookery.
"All kids will now get the chance to learn hands-on cookery."
Currently students may be taught some food skills during their Design and Technology (D&T) lessons, but they are usually theoretical and normally focus on health and safety.
The spokesman said: "Schools could have it as part of their D&T over the course of an academic year, or it could be done as an after-school club.
"But what they will really have is life skills that will stand them in good stead for the future."